I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions. I mean, every few months, I leave my endo’s office armed with a short list of things to do (or more accurately, not do) that will make my overall diabetes-health better, and the items on that list tend to have a lifespan of about two weeks.
And I’m supposed to make a commitment for a whole year? Really?
So I’ve decided that I’m going to take the easy way out. Instead of binding commitments that can indisputably be broken, I’m going to make one single, loosely-interpreted resolution. To TRY.
The little things I see working for other people? I’ll give ’em a shot. The hair-brained ideas I sometimes come up with that have no scientific backing? Let’s see what happens.
So here is my list of D-related things I’m going to try to do in 2013. And if they don’t work, or I don’t have the willpower to continue with it, that’s OK. Because all I vowed to do was try my best, and like a bunch of kindergarteners in a backyard soccer game, I’m not keeping score.
- I’ll try to download the data from my pump more often and see how I’m doing. After doing it twice in the last month, I’m really seeing things that I didn’t pick up as the days marched-on. I see that fourteen boluses a day means I’m nervous in by carb counts and always trying to fix a mistake. I see that my average blood sugar is nowhere near what I thought it was. And with the Contour NextLink meter, which plugs into my computer’s USB port and talks to the pump, it’s so EASY!
- If I know that a low is inevitable – but I’m not there yet, I’ll try to stop it in its tracks by suspending basal rather than waiting for the low, then over-treating with food. This goes extra for those not-bad-but-not-comfortable 90 mg/dl’s right before bed. (Actually, I’ll temp. basal to zero percent for an hour or so; I’m terrified of suspending and then forgetting).
- I’ll try to find the optimism in every situation, even if that optimism is terribly distorted. (Apologies to those Twitter followers who I may have terrified yesterday)
- I’ll try to remember to take my Synthroid every morning on an empty stomach. I’ll also try to remember to refill my prescription before I run out.
- I’ll try to remember that there will be days like these …. as well as days like these… …and to accept them as they come, because tomorrow can be very different.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and peaceful year to come.